I make no claims to be a tidy gardener. I am apologetically untidy and one of the primary ways it manifests itself this time of year is that I do not remove every leaf that falls over the autumn. This is partly because I can think of more interesting things to do in the garden but also most of the leaves seem to mulch and aid the borders without causing much of an issue. I get a lot of worm activity under the leaf-cover and this is a good thing. As I write this I realise that very few of my trees overlook borders so this probably helps with my lack of leaf-clearing generally. In the front garden, however, there is the rather wonderful magnolia tree.
Be in no doubt how much I love this tree. It is the first thing my eyes fell upon when viewing this house back in 2007 and it remains an important part of the garden. I think I have recounted previously that the then owner said it was a boring tree, that it flowered briefly and then just dropped leaves. I sighed then as I sigh now, but she had a bit of a point about the leaves.
The leaves of this Magnolia are large and they do not rot quickly. They blanket the ground underneath making anything underneath struggle for light. I ignore this and ignore this and then the moment comes when I cannot keep walking past and I have to deal with it.
I start to clear away the leaves by hand as I know that precious things are growing underneath. It is a joy to see them blinking in the pale winter sun.